A gas leak that disrupted traffic and caused evacuation of a two-block area in downtown Sheridan Tuesday evening started with a routine maintenance repair by Montana-Dakota Utility crews.
MDU spokesman Mark Hanson said crews needed to shut down gas flow on both sides of a pipeline in the area of Main Street and Coffeen Avenue.
He described what happened at that time.
The incident happened about 5 o'clock. The MDU spokesman said crews needed to shut power off to three business customers, the Downtown Sheridan Association, an engineering firm, and a credit union. In addition, residences and businesses in a two-block area between Brooks and Scott streets were evacuated. He explained the reason for that.
Sheridan police assisted in directing traffic around the evacuated area, and Sheridan firefighters also were on the scene, along with MDU officials, including officials from the company's Billings office. Crews had the gas leak under control by 10 o'clock Tuesday evening.
The MDU spokesman said crews arrived in Sheridan Wednesday morning to complete the original repair work they were unable to finish Tuesday. He said one lane of traffic will be closed because of that work, but the crews were expected to be done later in the day.